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Description - Against All Hope by Armando Valladares

This is Armando Valladares' account of over twenty years in Fidel Castro's tropical gulag. Arrested in 1960 for being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Valladares was not released until 1982, by which time he had become one of the world's most celebrated 'prisoners of conscience'. Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison (from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion), Valladares suffered endless days of violence, putrid food and squalid living conditions, while listening to Castro's firing squads eliminating 'counter revolutionaries' in the courtyard below his cell. Valladares survived by prayer and by writing poetry whose publication in Europe brought his case to the attention of international figures such as French President Francois Mitterand and to human rights organisations whose constant pressure on the Castro regime finally led to his release. When this book first appeared, it was immediately compared to Darkness at Noon and other classic prison narratives about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of totalitarianism. Now, with a new introduction by the author, which tells of his life since prison and brings the story of Cuban dissidence up to the case of Elian Gonzalez, this book is more relevant than ever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781893554191
ISBN-10: 1893554198
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 162mm x 33mm)
Pages: 423
Imprint: Encounter Books,USA
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Armando Valladares

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